Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 10/1/12
GAINESVILLE, Fla. There is more buzz around Floridas game against LSU on Saturday than perhaps any other game since Will Muschamp took over the Gators. For the first time in Muschamps tenure, the Gators are ranked in the top 10. Thats the highest a Florida team has climbed in the polls since Week 5 of the 2010 season. Meanwhile, the 5-0 Tigers are ranked fourth in the AP Top 25 poll, setting up the first clash between top-10 teams at The Swamp since the Florida-LSU game in 2006. Here is how Websters might categorize this one Big game (noun): A game of significant importance such as Florida vs. LSU on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. However, while the hype meter runs high for those outside Floridas locker room, on the inside the tone is somewhat more grounded. Muschamp wants to keep the Gators focused on what they can control. This counts as one game; it doesnt count for any more than that, Muschamp said Monday. Weve got a great opportunity setting in front of us here at our home stadium at 3:30 Saturday. Thats how I look at it. We wont put in any more hours this week than we did three weeks ago. I know everybody thinks that all of a sudden were going to change everything for one game, but were not. The Gators have been here before. They have carried 4-0 records into each of the past two Octobers only to limp to seven losses in eight games over that span. This is an opportunity for the Gators to tell everyone they are truly back. Senior receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. remembers how last years 4-0 September turned into a 0-4 October, including a 41-11 loss at LSU. While the record is the same as last season when the calendar flipped to October, the mood is different after back-to-back SEC road wins at Texas A&M and Tennessee and the emergence of sophomore quarterback Jeff Driskel. I think were as prepared as we can be going into this month, Hammond said. We definitely dont want that same outcome as last year. Were trying to prevent that. Following a bye week, part of that preparation includes keeping the LSU game in perspective. A victory would certainly be a huge win for the Gators and move them up in the rankings. However, a loss wont spoil their season or knock them out of the running for the SEC East title. That is part of Muschamps message to keep his team focused. Still, they know what Saturday could mean in the big picture. Its definitely a big game, Driskel said. Im sure theres going to be recruits all over the place this weekend. I know that if I was in high school, I would be at this game. Its fun to attend games like this, see the atmosphere. This is really what the SEC is all about. Driskel did not play in the loss at LSU last season after injuring his ankle against Alabama. He has seen enough of the Tigers defense to know what to expect. Theyre a team thats going to try to go one-on-one, Driskel said. They think they have better players across the board, and they do have very good players. Theyre going to try to be one-on-one in the secondary and just bully up front. We think we have outside receivers and tight ends that can create mismatches, so you kind of got to find the mismatch and go there. While the Gators shut out Kentucky 38-0 in their last game, LSU struggled early in Saturdays 38-22 win over Towson. The prior week the Tigers escaped Auburn with a 12-10 win. Muschamp is aware of LSUs recent struggles the Tigers fumbled five times against lowly Towson but isnt putting too much stock in them. We wont see the same LSU team, Muschamp said. Tigers coach Les Miles touched on the fumbles at his Monday press conference. I cant imagine that wont get addressed and fixed, Miles said. Since the disastrous October of last season, Muschamp has reminded the Gators often about how they felt during a stretch of four consecutive losses, the programs longest losing streak in more than 20 years. Dont ever forget that feeling, he tells them. Muschamp said Monday the Gators are a better team than last October, a deeper team, a more mature team. He said they are a stronger team, one better at handling adversity. He added that the Gators have another year of experience, which should help them on Saturday when LSU visits. The matchup is undoubtedly a big game a big game for the fans, a big game in the national polls, in the SEC race, and for both programs. And yes, its a big game for Muschamp. But dont expect him to change Floridas routine. Were going to do what we do, Muschamp said. Your guys have to play fast and physical in a game like this. You dont want them thinking, you want them reacting. So we wont do anything extraordinary for the game, I can assure you of that.
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